Stoner

Stoner

Downloadable Audiobook - 1988
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William Stoner is born at the end of the nineteenth century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to a university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar's life. As the years pass, Stoner encounters a series of disappointments: marriage into a "proper" family estranges him from his parents; his career is stymied; his wife and daughter turn coldly away from him; a transforming experience of new love ends under threat of scandal. Driven ever deeper within himself, Stoner rediscovers the stoic silence of his forebears and confronts an essential solitude. John Williams' deeply moving novel is a work of quiet perfection. William Stoner emerges not only as an archetypal American but as an unlikely existential hero, standing in stark relief against an unforgiving world.
Publisher: Fayetteville : University of Arkansas Press, 1988.
ISBN: 9781441748331
9781481586436
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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IV27HUjg
Apr 30, 2015

I did not find this very interesting.

midg Nov 08, 2014

Extremely well read,meticulously researched,most enjoyable.

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LibraryUser53
May 28, 2013

From the description, the plot may seem a bit boring; but it is not boring at all.

Compelling and highly recommended. A concise, straightforward, and personally relatable presentation of a fictional English Literature professor's somewhat ordinary, yet extraordinary life. The writing style is sort of a 3rd person version of Proust's "Rememberence of Things Past". But the comparison to Proust ends there, as "Stoner" is considerably more interesting.

Would-be writers would be well served to use this book as an example of an effective visually evocative prose style. There are dozens of examples where the author describes a scene so well that it almost exactly captures the mind's eye of the protagonist, creating an image for the reader as if the scene is actually happening.

If you'd like to take an opportunity to sit back, relax, and have a well-told story read to you, the audio CD version is especially well done. In fact audio may be the better presentation method for the story.

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jkrejci
Jul 18, 2012

This is a drop-dead gorgeous book, written with a tenderness and simplicity that complements its main character nicely. One reviewer drew an analogy between this book and an Edward Hopper painting, a comparison that seems quite apt. The protagonist is a quiet, curiously passive man; he has integrity, but is fatalistic, and slowly watches his disappointments unfold without lapsing into self-pity or despair. Williams style is so straight forward and linear that it can be easy to underestimate the power of his prose, which lies in careful observation and a deep understanding of the poignancy or mundane tragedies.

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